Curry may be the right food for Alzheimer's patients

Another study is investigating the possible benefits of an ingredient found in Indian curry dishes for Alzheimer's care, suggesting that some senior citizens may want to finally try the Indian buffet restaurant they've heard so much about.

Researchers are examining curcumin, the powerful antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties found in the spice turmeric, to see if it has any health benefits for Alzheimer's patients, UK newspaper the Telegraph reports.

Curry may be the right food for Alzheimer's patients

"A cheap, accessible and safe treatment could transform the quality of life of thousands of people with the disease. With the right investment, dementia can be defeated," Dr Susanne Sorensen, head of research at the Alzheimer's Society, told the news provider.

Past studies have shown Indian communities that regularly eat curcumin have a "surprisingly low" incidence of Alzheimer's disease in the population, according to the article. One of the goals of the study is to see how curcumin reacts with the brain.

An estimated 5.2 million people in the U.S. are currently living with Alzheimer's disease. By 2030, it's estimated the number of individuals aged 65 and older with the disease will reach 7.7 million.

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